The painting is signed at the bottom
Dimensions of the painting: 93 x 65 cm
The painting is in good condition
Biography of the artist’s
Miquel Torner de Semir was born in 1938 of the last century in the castle of Santa Pau, in La Garrotxa (Gerona), being the last person alive, who is born in this emblematic construction surrounded by volcanoes (currently living in San Feliu de Guísols) . This fact marks his facet as a painter. Man of the old Catalonia, educated, he has always been attracted by the Middle Ages, the Romanesque from the Pyrenees and primitive Gothics. The trail of Italian Renaissance art, especially by painters from the Italian Quattrocento such as Fra Angelico or Rafael, is felt in many female portraits by Torner de Semir, such as the one in question. It is precisely this mixture between the old and the new where the originality of his work lies. What seems to have formed the most is the knowledge of Romanesque and Gothic. His figures on many occasions bordered by a thick dark line, evoke the Gothic stained glass windows, bright, beautiful in and of themselves. A disciple of the muralist painter and printmaker Ricard Marlet, he learns what is most important to him, the discipline of drawing. With the master Marlet he knows Catalan Modernism and Noucentisme. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Sant Jordi in Barcelona and at the San Fernando school in Madrid, where he will visit the Prado Museum and immerse himself in Velázquez's painting, choosing to reproduce the “las Meninas” to his liking, with his own style, with shades of bright colours such as pink and phosphorescent violet that leaves no room for doubt of the artist's prominence, modernity and friendliness. In addition, if you look closely, one can find the artist's use of the collage technique, which decides to embed a piece of fabric, cardboard or even a musical score.
In Paris, he began his work as he called "entre lo viejo y lo nuevo". He started holding solo exhibitions in Terrassa in 1968, later doing it in other Catalan cities and in Paris (Espace and Boutique galleries). His work began in Mediterranean figurative art, later leading to abstraction, to return to a modern concept figuration. In short, he is considered one of the most important exponents of Mediterranean painting.
All these trends were not unknown to him since in Barcelona he had the opportunity to meet the Dau al Set group. At the Dau al Set school he meets such renowned artists as Tharrats, Muxart or Tapies. His painting is characterised by the use of vivid and rich colours. His work can be defined in a single word VIDA. Thus, the magnificent work of this Catalan painter is characterised by its rich and colourful paste of great vivacity, which together with the various materials that it uses as a support, gives us the result of a high-quality expressionist painting with a strong personality, defining the artist as a master.
The classic and the new merge between the brush of Miquel Torner de Semir. Time is diluted, fades. The dividing line of the past and the present is erased with his paintings, with his way of drawing on the canvas. Miquel achieves what very few before have achieved: speaking of the past with the voice of the present. His voice: his paintings. His method: passion. His achievement: all his work.
The Girona painter is influenced by the ancients, Giotto, the Italian Renaissance and by the informal search for abstract painters. All this is the starting point of his painting; Concerned as much or more with the trade than the concept, he has tried to be a painter who is a bridge between the past and the present, but also open to everything new, to constant search. An interesting contrast in Miquel's work is the way he presents people, places and situations from ancient times captured with modern painting techniques. This distinguished Catalan painter has been able to break with the rules of time. Miquel Torner de Semir is so direct in defining the lines and shapes, that sometimes it is incredible that the work is a 2-dimensional canvas, it seems at first glance that the painting is rather a sum of textures from a three-dimensional world.
Some of his works have an outstanding Fauvist accent, with an intense and expressive colour palette, in contrast to the serenity and empty gaze of the faces that invites the observer to delve into the environment of the artist's work and thought. However, Torner de Semir has a style of its own based on the simplicity of the execution within a very well-structured composition. Female figures have the leisurely forms of religious art and express the calm of the spirit. The figure serves Semir to reclaim the order and rhythm of human actions.
According to Joan Lluís Montañé, from Barcelona, member of the International Association of Art Critics, the prestigious Catalan painter Torner de Semir, in his extensive pictorial work, "is interested in composition and colour, generator of specially elaborated creations, where you can see the imprint of determination and the contrasted colour palette. He exhibits figures, landscapes and compositions that represent a clear exercise in pictorial academicism in which he does not renounce a certain formal and technical innovation, all within an unmistakable personal plastic seal".
The art critic, Josep M. Cadena says of Semir: "The painter marks with strong and precise lines the silhouettes of the main elements of each composition and uses basic and pure colours to express feelings. When possible he makes the painting within the painting, and even tries to put abstract interpretations and signs on his backgrounds. In this way, he achieves a positive relationship between the various forms of artistic expression that motivate him and his plastic language is much richer and more attractive. He has his own style that is based on the simplicity of production within a very well-structured composition. Her female figures have slow forms of religious art and express the calm that the achievements of the spirit must obey. The figure serves to ask for order and rhythm in human actions, his painting is ethical. He easily communicates positive feelings in those who know his work”.
For J.Llop S.: "The drawing, the fundamental, strong, precise, incisive line, establishes the form, delimits spaces in the thoughtful compositions that Torner de Semir presents to us. And then comes the seeing in a different way, the imaginative, the dreams that connect with the reality that it describes and dress with a chromaticism that combines basic colours, soft tones. It is a personal style that discovers the other reality of the landscape, of the figure. Interesting and engaging work that captures the viewer and leads him along the path of the imaginative”.
Consistent with his vision of the primitives, he has not worried too much about his social projection towards his teachers, these were sometimes unnamed and although his works are in many countries, he has exhibited in Europe, America and Japan, it is difficult to do an exhaustive compilation of your resume. He currently exhibits permanently at the Arcadia Gallery in Madrid.
In 2003 he was chosen by the Museum of the Royal Mint, so that one of his works could be published on a post stamp and participate in the exhibition of the 25th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution. Meanwhile, the Museum of the Royal Mint in Madrid has organised an exhibition of his works.
The Torner works have been exhibited in a large number of European and Spanish cities such as: Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Saint Paul de Vence, Dijón, Clermont-Ferrand, Barcelona, Gerona, Valencia, Seville, Pontevedra, Oviedo, etc. Let's see, below, some of his most important exhibitions by the Catalan artist:
Most significant exhibitions
Amics de les Arts. Terrassa - Barcelona.
Pinacoteca. Sabadell - Barcelona.
Sociéte des Artiste Independants. Paris.
Gran Palais. Paris.
Dan Art, Béiziers-France.
Galerie Espace. Paris - Beaubourg.
Lyions Club. Chartres Doyen - France.
Guest of honour at the Cercle Espanyol exhibition. Dreux - France.
Salon d'Autome. Clermont Ferrant - France.
Grand Prix la Famme et l´Imabonaire Jeanne Gatineau. Paris.
Sala Gavina. Palamós - Girona.
Sala Clará, Olot-Barcelona.
Espai cultural Francolí-Barcelona.
Galerie Boutique. Paris, France.
La Galerie de l´Hotel Meridien. Paris.
L´Atelier. Platja d´Aro.Girona.
Ausstellungsraume der Mineralquelle Eptigen. Switzerland.
Galería Arcadia- Madrid.
Galería de arte Star. Collective. Madrid.
Gallery 4 Cantons. Olot. Girona.
Galería Art 16. Olot. Girona.
Pedreguet Art espai contemporani. Girona.
Galería Da Vinci Art. Girona.
Galerie Ducs de Dijon. France.
Galería Campo u Campo. Belgium.
Gallery B.C.S. Strasbourg, France.
Haus Arnold. Frankfurt am Main. Germany.
Haus Berlinghoff. Heidelberg, Germany.
Lart century art. Barcelona.
Real Club Naútico de Sanxenxo. Pontevedra.
Galeries d´Art Christian Dazy. Dijon-Megéve-France.
Commemorative Exhibition of the 25th Anniversary of the Spanish Constitution. Madrid.
Sala Constanti Art, Reus. Christmas Collective, 2009-Tarragona.
As the compliments are better done by the same spectator, we are going to list the artists present. Then judge.
Painters: Cerefino Olivé,Palau Ferré,Guerrero Llabería, Morató Arago- nés, J. Soler, J. Queralt, Vicente Romero, Judith Jansá, Josep M.Munté, J.Roig, Abelló, Montesol, Agustina Sobrino, Roelán, Miquel Torner de Semir, De la Cruz, Joaquín Bolda, Ricardo Soler, Domingo Álvarez, Vives Fierro, María Dolors Trench, JoanMartí, Aguilar Moré, Rafael Romeo, Tito Figueras, Joan Colomer, Luis Bolivar and Marta Argentina.
Given the painter's magnificent work, characterised by its rich and colourful paste of great vivacity, the Cervantes Gallery6 in Oviedo has surrendered to him and has chosen him for his new exhibition. The exhibition was inaugurated on June 5, 2010, in Oviedo, it remained open until June 27 and, in it, more than 20 works by the author were exhibited.
In 2003 Miquel Torner participated in the exhibition of the XXV Anniversary of the Spanish Constitution called by the Museum of the Royal Mint, one of his works (figure of a harlequin 73 x 60 cm). Being chosen to be edited by the factory National Currency and Stamp on a postage stamp commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Spanish Constitution.
In February 2008, at the Corte Inglés in Diagonal in Barcelona there was an exhibition of Catalan painters, with a large presence of Miquel Torner de Semir, along with the Cuixarts, Miró, Clavé, Cusachs and many more, even some Picasso ...
The valuation of the oil paintings of M. Torner de Semir (paintings of 70 x 70 cm, or somewhat lower) was around 3,000 euros and most of them sold.
- Miquel Torner de Semir (Santa Pau, Gerona, 1938)
- Title of artwork
- Composición con torso femenino
- Acrylic on panel
- Hand signed
- Overall in good condition
- Sold with frame
- Image size
- 93×65 cm